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ADV - NPLD - Oronoco Prairie SNA

NPLD - Oronoco Prairie SNA website

18th Ave NW
Oronoco, MN 55960

Volunteers are invited to the fourth annual family-friendly seed collection from Oronoco's very rare SE Minnesota Remnant Prairie. This seed collection will be held on National Public Lands Day, September 30th between 9 AM and 4 PM.  Collected seeds from dozens of native species are distributed to urban prairie and savanna restoration projects as well as to Minnesota's DNR sites per the DNR-FOIH agreement (DNR 2019 permit available upon request).  Benefits to the environment include ensuring local genetic diversity and providing very local genetic diversity in our newly restored urban parks.  Volunteers are encouraged to choose a 90 minute period between 9 AM and 4 PM.  Recommended ages are 5 to 95 years for moderate activity on a beautiful, mostly flat prairie. Volunteers are asked to come for at least 90 minutes.

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Meeting from 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. on:

Instructor Information

Dawn Littleton

Dawn Littleton is the invasive plants program coordinator, working from the University of Minnesota's Rochester Regional Extension Office. Dawn has been a dedicated volunteer for years through the Master Naturalist program, and she is a co-founder of the Friends of Indian Heights Park Neighborhood Association in Rochester. As a volunteer she has been awarded several grants from the National Park Service and the Outdoor Heritage Fund for ecological restoration in urban areas. Her biggest adventure last year was finding out that dozens of really beautiful and vanilla-smelling flower spikes growing in the restored quarry at Indian Heights Park were not invasive plants but a wetland orchid called Nodding Ladies Tresses. In 2016, Dawn followed her passion shifted careers to invasive plants from her position at the Mayo Clinic where she has been an assistant professor of medical education.

Sponsor Information

DNR-Scientific and Natural Areas


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